Roller coasters are a thrill-seeker’s dream for kids of all ages. You never forget the exhilarating feeling you got riding your very first coaster—it’s a memory that lasts a lifetime.
It’s always sad when a park announces that it will be shutting down one of it’s coasters. Recently Cedar Point, considered to be the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World” in Sandusky, Ohio, announced that it will be closing one of its record-breaking coasters, the “Mean Streak.” Once known as the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster, it beckoned patrons from all points of the park. The Mean Streak has been a staple at the park since 1991.
But don’t worry, here is a list of some of our favorite coasters (in no particular order) that aren’t closing. Let’s see if you agree that these are the best!
1. Millennium Force — Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Voted one of the best steel coasters, the Millennium Force is a mammoth coaster even spawning its own category known as the “giga-coaster.” The ride boasts an 80 foot drop at the start of the coaster and hits speeds of 93 mph. Hands down, one of the best!
2. Kingda Ka — Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson Township, New Jersey
Currently, Kingda Ka is the tallest steel roller coaster in the world, standing at an astounding 456 feet! This is the ultimate thrill ride, sure to take your breath away and give even the bravest rider butterflies in their stomach.
3. El Toro — Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson Township, New Jersey
This wooden coaster delivers! The airtime, the hills, and the old time feel of the wooden tracks ooze with nostalgia! It’s surprisingly smooth with lots of twists and turns to enjoy.
4. Valravn — Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
One of the newest in the “dive coaster” category, the Valravn holds you on the edge of the first hill (that’s 214 feet up!) for a long 4 seconds! It travels at speeds of 75 mph with flips, turns, and even a pop of airtime.
5. GateKeeper — Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
The GateKeeper is the tallest and fastest “wing coaster” in the world at 170 ft., reaching speeds of 67 mph. There are plenty of twists and turns, and it even passes through two very narrow archway openings. Easily a family favorite!
What are your favorite roller coasters past and present? Share with me in the comments section!